Hungary’s telecommunications regulator the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) launched a mobile device replacement programme to encourage consumers to trade in 2G and 3G phones for 4G devices, before planned network shutdowns.
The NMHH partnered with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology to set aside HUF5 billion ($15.9m) for the programme, with the target to replace a quarter of a million old devices.
The regulator noted in a statement, 4G devices have become more widespread and with the uptake operators are expected to shut down 3G networks next year (2023), 2G networks will still be available but the regulator expects a future shutdown.
Under the scheme consumers will be able to trade in 3G devices for a 4G or 5G that costs up to HUF120,000 from now until July 17, with trade-ins for 2G phones beginning May 9, both will be subject to availability. Almost 700 retail stores will be accepting trade-ins.
NMHH director-general Peter Vari urged customers to search for shops participating in the government scheme through its website.